Park Police Host North American Police Equestrian Championships
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Montgomery County; Sergeant Mike Murphy and Officers Myrical Biddle,Yasmin Brown, Greg Ford, Howard Johnson, James Lawrence, andAmy Sheehan from Prince George’s County. Officer Biddle won a fifth-place award for uniform inspection.
Sergeant Rick Pelicano, who chaired the event’s organizing committee, said mounted police training includes “bomb-proofing” a horse. “Horses are flight animals, so they are inclined to run when they are scared,” Sergeant Pelicano said. Course challenges included balloons popping to simulate gunfire or firecrackers, riding by a loud moon-bounce, and dealing with bubbles. Bubbles blown from a carnival machine stopped Sergeant Haas’s huge horse in his tracks. “My horse didn’t do too well,” Sergeant Haas said after riding his horse Roman. “He got frustrated, flustered, which made each obstacle more difficult.”
Congratulations and thanks to all who participated.Aspecial thanks to Sergeant Rick Pelicano, 2007 Organizing Committee Chair, and the committee members who worked so hard to ensure a successful event. Committee members included Officer JohnArdovini and Sergeant Glenn Jones (Prince George’s Division); Officers Paul Christ, Megan Lau, and Sergeant Rick Haas (Montgomery County Division); Officers Pancho Gonzales and Paul Padberg from the United States Park Police; Stephen P. Joseph, Executive Director, and Taylor Martin, OfficeAdministrator, from Montgomery Parks Foundation; and EllieTrueman fromTrueman Communications Group. G
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Officer Sean Thomas and Tucker complete the obstacle course.
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